Compare Amerge vs. Fioricet

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Amerge (naratriptan)

Prescription only
Treats migraine headaches.

Amerge (naratriptan) isn't as good as other similar medications for migraines, but can be good if other drugs haven't worked for you.

Treats tension headaches.

Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine) works well for tension headaches, but isn’t recommended due to the ability to overuse it and have withdrawal symptoms.

5.9/ 7 average rating with 17 reviewsforFioricet
Upsides
  • Amerge (naratriptan) is a good alternative to other triptans since it's less likely to cause side effects and if other triptans haven't worked for you.
  • Available as a generic, which makes it cheaper than other medicines and is more likely to be covered by insurances.
  • Amerge (naratriptan) comes in two different strengths.
  • Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine) works better and faster in treating tension headaches than the combination of acetaminophen and codeine.
  • Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine) doesn’t cost much since it's available as a generic medication.
  • Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine) has very few side effects.
  • It has been widely used for a long time.
Downsides
  • Amerge (naratriptan) is only available as a pill that must be swallowed, so it might not be good if you have trouble swallowing when you have a migraine.
  • Unlike other migraine medications, you have to wait for 4 hours before you can take the second dose of Amerge (naratriptan).
  • Amerge (naratriptan) is not as good as other medications for treating nausea that can happen with migraines.
  • Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine) isn't the first choice medication for treating tension headaches.
  • It's not a good medication for long-term use.
  • Overuse of Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine) can lead to chronic tension headaches.
  • Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine) can cause dangerous withdrawal symptoms, intoxication, and dependence.
  • Taking Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine) can decrease your ability to drive a car, or operate machinery.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Oral solution
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Reviews
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17 
88%
think this treatment is worth it
76%
think this treatment works well
12%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
6possible side effects
  • Stomach problems
    6%
  • Nausea
    4%
  • Nervous system issues
    4%
  • Unusual sensation
    2%
  • Fatigue or uneasiness
    2%
  • Pain and pressure sensation
    2%
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The Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Heart attack

    Heart disease

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Stroke

    History of a stroke

  • Medication overuse headache

    Using Amerge (naratriptan) for more than 10 days a month

  • Serotonin syndrome

    Tricyclic antidepressants

    ...and 5 more risk factors

  • Increased blood pressure

    Uncontrolled high blood pressure

  • Blood vessel issues

    High blood pressure

    ...and 2 more risk factors

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  • Liver damage

    Drinking more than 2 alcoholic beverages a day

    ...and 2 more risk factors

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